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9 November 2009

Brown bashing, part 94

His letter mistake was wrong but . . .

By James Macintyre

The BBC is among those outlets terribly excited by Gordon Brown’s “failure” to spell correctly the name of Guardsman Jamie Janes, 20, from Brighton, who was tragically killed in an explosion in Afghanistan in October, in a letter to his mother.

Clearly, this death is deeply unfortunate, to say the least. Men like Janes are admirable beyond words; lest we forget them.

However — deep breath — I, for one, am entirely bored by Brown-bashing. It is reaching such heights that it forgets that Brown (whom any old Tom, Dick or Harry is now keen to bash from any angle) is blind in one eye, is largely blind in the other and is evidently unsociable through no clear fault of his own.

There are, indeed, two sides to Gordon Brown. But, when it comes to innocent mistakes, please, let us grow up.

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